News & Updates

Attorney Catherine Kaufman gives four presentations this April.

Those of you who have heard Bauckham Sparks attorney Catherine Kaufman speak know she delivers a large volume of information in a short period of time. Her precise and articulate style – coupled with her deep expertise – make her a dynamic favori… Read More
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Construction Code Library Officially Open

Congratulations and a great big “Well Done!” to Doug Kuhlman and all those who participated in the creation of the Southwest Michigan Construction Code Essential Standards Library! In addition to Doug’s coordination, administrative, and member… Read More
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MTA Conference 2016 a great success!

Many thanks and hats off to all MTA employees who worked so diligently to make the 2016 Conference a huge success! We appreciate your efforts as much as we appreciate being part of it! If any of you missed the teaching presentations by Bauckham Spark… Read More
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New Construction Code Library under way!

For those municipalities that have joined or are considering joining the Southwest Michigan Construction Code Library, we have good news and an update for you: nearly 21 municipalities have expressed interest in joining the library and we have financ… Read More
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New regs on amateur radio operators

Michigan Senate Bill 493 amends the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act to place federal regulations on amateur radio operators (a.k.a. ham radio). Ham Radio is a two way non-commercial exchange used many times in emergency situations and is overseen by t… Read More
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Categories: Amateur Radio

You Ought To Be In Pictures …

… or at least your township should! We know we’re privileged here in Michigan to be surrounded by some of the most picturesque landscapes and countrysides anywhere. Now we need your help to get the word out! Does your township have a special land… Read More
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Access to Assessment Records

The State of Michigan’s 2011 Audits of Minimum Assessing Requirements (AMARs) includes a section on the public inspection of records, particularly assessing records. For Townships that don’t have regular office hours – or whose assessor is at… Read More
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Categories: Tax Assessments

Right to Farm Act GAAMP amendment

On April 28, 2014, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development adopted the 2014 version of the Site Selection GAAMP. The 2014 updated Site Selection GAAMP created a new category of livestock facility, which category (Category 4) is n… Read More
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Categories: Right to Farm Act

Personal notes prepared and kept by a township trustee are not public records and are not subject to disclosure under FOIA

The Michigan Court of Appeals held recently that a township trustee’s personal notes, taken during township meetings but used for purely personal purposes and not shared with other township officials were not public records.   Therefore, the town… Read More
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Categories: FOIA